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House passes bill to limit presidential power on monuments

If you want to understand what House Republicans think about handing presidents the power of protecting special places with their signature alone, their vote Wednesday was a clear message. The bill, which passed on a relatively slim 222-201 margin, would

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Lemhi County says Boulder-White Clouds monument should not hurt Idaho roadless rule

Lemhi County added its voice to the debate over a national monument Monday, passing a resolution against President Obama taking action on the Boulder-White Clouds without collaboration. The commission approved the resolution saying any action should have local collaborative support

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Economic study predicts modest growth from Boulder-White Clouds monument

Creating a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument would help central Idaho’s economy, but it won’t transform it, states an economic study released Monday. The study, by Boise economist Don Reading, said a monument could create 47 to 155 new jobs and

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Interior’s Jewell knows elk scat when she sees it in Tetons and D.C.

A Salt Lake Tribune reporter shoved a smartphone in the face of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to show her a picture of animal scat on a trail in Grand Teton National Park. “Is this bear poop?” the reporter asked. He

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Protecting Island Park Caldera protects Yellowstone geysers

The Park Service is holding a scientific conference Monday through Wednesday to examine the science surrounding the Old Faithful Geyser. Park officials want to know what science is out there to guide them in protecting the national shrine only miles

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